Vancouver Canucks prospect and Sudbury Wolves defenceman Frank Corrado was invited yesterday to the Team Canada selection camp for the upcoming 2013 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Ufa, Russia.
“It feels great,” Corrado told the Sudbury Star. “I can’t describe it, it’s just sinking in. It’s just the first step to make the team, but it’s a great feeling to have the opportunity to go over there.
Canada has a number of talented defencemen and many hockey pundits believe Corrado is unlikely to make the team, but that does not discourage him.
“I’m looking at it like I got a foot in the door, so it’s time to break the door open,” Corrado adds. “Anything can happen. There are 12 defencemen invited and somebody has to make the team, so I’ll go there and give it all I have and play my game.”
The invites on defence include Dougie Hamilton and Scott Harrington from last year’s team along with 2012 first round picks Mathew Dumba, Derrick Pouliot, Griffin Reinhart, and Morgan Rielly.
Canada’s best are offensive-minded and Corrado knows he has to play a strong defensive game to make the team.
“I feel like I need to play my defensive game first and that’s my focus and that’s what Team Canda needs,” he explains. “The big ice works in my advantage because I’m a good enough skater and if I take care of my own zone I will be rewarded in the offensive zone like I did in the Subway game.”
Corrado is a natural right-side defenceman and his ability to play in his own zone will make him a strong dark horse candidate.
The camp opens on Monday, December 10 and runs to Thursday, December 13. The team will travel to Europe on December 15 to play two exhibition games in Helsinki, Finland before travelling to Ufa for the opening game of the tournament on Boxing Day.